Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 18, 2015
For your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. Psalm 26:3
Walk in truth and be led by love. These are the twins of wise living. Love is our leader and truth is our motivator. Love is our strategy, truth is our tactic. Love is our goal, truth is our inspiration. Love is our encouragement, truth is our obedience. We need both to become better followers of Jesus. Love and truth work together to bring us into balance.
This is why we look forward to the love of God as a guide for our faith. Faith trusts God to accomplish His own decrees. This is why we do not have to steal for we know God will provide for His children. This is why we do not have to get revenge on others because God can and will handle them in His timing and His way. This is why we look ahead to the love of God. We follow the Lord and His love by faith—we trust and walk in His truth.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6).
Secondly, we walk grounded in truth. Truth governs our faith. Truth keeps us rooted in reality. It is obedience to God’s truth that proves our love for Him. Truth takes us back to the basics, “Who does Jesus want me to be?” We walk in truth because it preserves us from sinful behavior. It is the assurance of God’s promises that causes us to believe and behave like Christ. Like a GPS (Global Positioning System) truth guides us on the best path. Truth obeyed is best not delayed.
Moreover, a companion of fools suffers harm (Proverbs 13:20). Stay away from those who stray from the truth. It may be a pastor, teacher, friend or business client who handles the truth loosely. They lie even when the truth will do. These are vain people. Do not sit with them and be drawn in by their sly charisma. However, those who walk in the truth will tell you things you do not want to hear. So listen when they prescribe doses of truth. The medicine may be distasteful but if applied will heal your heart. Walk in truth, and with those who walk in truth. Follow love’s lead as you walk with truth—Jesus is love and truth!
“God is love” (1 John 4:8)… “I [Jesus] am the truth” (John 14:6).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, lead me in Your truth and by Your love, so I can love others.
Application: How can I walk and delight in the truth? What evil do I need to avoid?
Related Readings: Psalms 40:11; Zechariah 8:19; Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22
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